Benny's Café

Rustan's Makati, Ayala Ave., Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila

Benny's Café
3.9
4.0 Stars

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Eboy D.
1.0 Stars
3

When in Glorietta and after grocery shopping in Rustan's Supermarket we always have Benny's in mind. They've gone through a couple of name change and revamps but maintained some of their signature dishes and desserts, most notably the bibingka and puto bumbong. We always have high praises on their food - the best pinakbet rice! But this particular visit left a bad impression in a spotless immaculate slate of memorable dining experience.

We went today at around 10 past 2pm and was promptly seated near the kitchen area. No one was assigned to any table, it's every man to himself. We have hailed a couple of people who just waved back but did not return to take our orders. They finally took our orders after our third attempt. The lady was cordial and jotted down our order of Pinakbet Rice, Beef Salpicao and Pansit Pusit. They did not advise on how long our orders would take because in the past we are assured that they serve no longer than 5 to 10 minutes. My Mom decided to take a look at the nearby Eric Kayser for some bread and the castanas stand on the far end of the supermarket. I, too went for a quick stroll to grab the Holiday 2016 catalogue of the supermarket and after we returned to our seats our meals were still not there. We kindly followed up on our order because the tables after us was already eating.

There was no direct apology but was told that the Pinakbet Rice takes longer to cook, which we disagreed because we always order that dish. 40 minutes after the dishes were finally served. My Mom was already ready to leave with her bag on her shoulder. They probably sensed her discontent.

The food as always is top notch for the price. The pinakbet rice is well seasoned, a bit salty but was briny good with ampalaya, string beans, squash, one tiny shrimp, 2 pieces of bagnet and 2 pieces of chicharon. A good meal in itself. The salpicao was served with bell peppers and had generous heaps of garlic. Perfect with rice. The beef was tender and for the price of 225pesos is a good deal. The Pansit Pusit is served with the squid ink and a couple of toasted bread. Squeeze some calamansi for added zing.

For dessert we asked for one order of Bibingka and one order of puto bumbong. The dessert was buttery good and served hot. A nice prelude for the coming holiday season.

We were served a plate of chicharon and was told they have a promo for every 1000 worth of food order we were entitled to some free chicharon or is it a peace offering for the delayed service (?).

Senior cards honored. Apart from the delayed serving of food the reason for rating Benny's two stars is because they overcharged us for 4 orders of Puto Bumbong and 2 orders of Bibingka. We always check our bill but was taken aback when we overlooked this and saw it at home. We knew something was wrong because our order should not have reached 1000pesos with only three main orders. This is such a letdown. If Benny's Cafe will get in touch with us regarding this incident we would like to have a refund or an explanation for the overcharge.

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Chieo O.
5.0 Stars
4

We were staying at The Primea Suites and were thinking of somewhere else to have dinner, so crossing over we find Benny's 12852210084128077🏻 Takeout Mode :)

Good thing the suite was armed with really nice serving plates for us to transfer the aromatic foodie finds that we bought.....

We had Binagoongang Baboy which was literally loaded with Bagoong, enough to get its flavors through the meat! Next was the Pinakbet, which was also yummy and surprisingly despite its takeout status the chicharon in it was still, crunchy! 12852210084128077🏻 Sinigang na Baboy which had the right blend of sourness and the tender-crispy Calamares12852210084128077🏻

Can't go wrong with Benny's ....still a yummy dining place up till now! 128077🏻128077🏻128077🏻128077🏻128077🏻

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Lyka T.
4.0 Stars
2

I love Benny's. A quaint filipino restaurant beside rustan's grocery. It has a really home-y vibe to it. It's always full. The first time my mom and i visited benny's we ordered the kare kare and crispy dinuguan. They weren't my fave dishes though. We went back recently and ordered the crispy pata and okoy. Five big pieces of okoy for a great price. The crispy pata was absolutely divine. It tasted like no other. It was really different from the others i've tasted around. It had a different flavor and the meat was just so tender. The skin was so crispy. Plus the sawsawan/ side sauce was the best. Their vinegar was sweet yet sour and the soy sauce with vinegar. I loved it. It was a delicious feast. Will definitely go back to try out the different dishes. I loved the staff. They were all friendly and helpful. I wonder though if they are planning on opening branches elsewhere. #henrysinstaxgiveaway

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Sandy V.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Jerome A.
3.0 Stars

If you're looking for a good comfort Filipino food Benny's might just be the place for you. The kare-kare sauce was rich and thick but the only thing that bothered me was the bits of peanuts in the sauce, the pancit canton was ok good enough to satisfy your cravings. The ambiance at Benny's is just right if you want to feel relaxed after a long day at work; it's not crowded like the other restaurants around it. The other concern I have is the pricing on their food, it's a bit expensive and the food was just OK. I've tasted better Filipino cuisine or maybe because its located at Rustan's? Overall it was an ok experience, I'm looking forward to trying their pasta and pizza dishes next time.

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Maureen S.
2.0 Stars

Back in my childhood days, my family and I used to eat at Yum Yum Tree - which is exactly where Benny's place is now. So as we passed by the area today, we decided to eat morning snacks here.

Had arroz caldo (which tasted like lucky me congee version), pancakes (air?) and puto bumbong (just sticky rice without the yam-y flavor)128563 Overall, it was such a letdown! 128532

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Paul G.
5.0 Stars

Formerly known as Yum Yum Tree, this is one of our favorite restaurants in GLorietta.
Our all time favorite here is their grilled liempo, super delicious, must try!!!!
Had lunch here yesterday and tried their arroz caldo and it was ok although value for money, Tazza's chicken caldo is much better.
I also ordered their mais con yelo and I liked because it had a very generous serving of whole kernel corn. Could have been better had they mixed it with creamstyle corn IMO.
My wife ordered her facorite, grilled tanique and our friend ordered Grilled liempo and she liked it very much!

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Krist M.
5.0 Stars

Price is 128077
Taste is 128076
Presentation is 128537128568

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Divine C.
5.0 Stars

We always go to Benny's if we want to eat really good pancit. I like the bam-I and sotanghon guisado.

Apart from good filipino food, we are fond of their western menu like the sandwiches. They use really delicious imported cheeses. My fave is the one with turkey (I think Benny's panini) and the one with salmon and apple cubes. Also worth a try are their pizzas. Love the shrimp with red cabbage.

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Mari G.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Ela Kamille T.
3.0 Stars

Try the Dinuguan, shrimp and binagoongan 128522128077

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Arrah D.
4.0 Stars

We had our breakfast meeting here and I chose American Breakfast which is composed of bacon, ham, sausage, eggs, hashbrown, fresh orange juice and hot choco. The price is ok, not that expensive. :) The taste is good though the bacon tasted like chicken. Maybe because of the oil they used? Hmm .

Overall, I'm still satisfied. :)

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Myzyl C.
4.0 Stars

Good food but serving size is not for those with BIG appetite. I'm not a fan of buko pandan but I loved their version with ice cream and pinipig but I also find it quite pricy at P120 for a small cup.

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Marti M.
5.0 Stars

When we were kids, we used to visit this resto right beside Rustans Supermarket. Then known as Yum Yum Tree, this resto was known as the only breakfast meetup place for the Makati townsfolk. I think we dined once or twice but because we were kids then (we only knew of two food sources: the grocery which translates to mom's cooking, and Jollibee), we didn't really appreciate all the goodness of Yum Yum Tree.

From not so long ago, this is my first time to dine here as an adult. Now known as Benny's (named in honor of the Rustan's patriarch), the resto offers a fresh ambiance where anyone can dine and relax. Food prices are anywhere between P200 to P300 for a meal. I ordered their breakfast tapa while my officemates got the paco salad and okoy.

The tapa is soft to the bite and best with their suka. Nothing much to say for the tapa as I was looking for something more flavorful. The okoy is a clear winner. Unlike the traditional okoy, Benny's version of the okoy is smooth to the mouth and gives a bang to the taste and to the tummy. The serving of Benny's okoy is quite generous as the okoy is served in 6 yummy chunks. The paco (fern leaf) salad is probably the best I've tasted. The paco is not commonly served in restaurants nor is it readily available in most supermarkets or palengkes. The paco is found mostly in markets up north as far as Ilocos or as far down south as Bicol or the Visayas. Benny's also gives a generous serving of the paco salad. They serve the paco with itlog na maalat which simply gives a good balance of taste to the salad.

With that, we enjoyed our lunch and even stayed a while at Benny's to chat about the food that we loved absolutely. We will be coming back to try out their shakes and juices (sayang nga as we were already quite full). Can't wait to bring my family here so they can also savor all the delight!

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Yna N.
4.0 Stars

Came here for dinner with my girlfriends before hitting the grocery. Here's what we ordered:

BENNY's PANCIT PUTI (170) - Im really not a fan of Pancit Bihon but this one is really tasty and a must-try!

CRISPY DINUGUAN (165) - Definitely my fave from the menu! Its has intestines (isaw) added to it and is really crunchy. The best crispy dinuguan I've ever tasted.

SIZZLING BOPIS (185) - Spicy it is but didnt like it that much.

LAING - creamy but a bit bland

BANGUS TINAPA at ENSALADANG TALONG (395) - Baked milkfish with a good salty taste to be shared for 3-4 pax.

The price is just right and their service staff is really accomodating. So happy with their prompt service too. 128079

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Vic D.
5.0 Stars

Great Filipino Chinese menu and superb customer service.

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Daniel Q.
4.0 Stars

If you're craving for Filipino food, I recommend this place and order the pinakbet rice. It's not like my Mom's pinakbet but their version is close enough to my liking. An order is good for 2-3 persons so be sure to bring a friend with you.

The place is pretty small but not crampped. Surprisingly, this place is always packed with customers. I haven't tried all menu items but I think I'll be coming back here for more.

Food is reasonably priced. Fun starts at Php 200 and you'd be a happy tummy afterwards.

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Tina B.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Yan Y.
4.0 Stars

something different in the busy cbd, no wonder this resto is always full house.
binagoongan, sinigang na bangus and mongo soup is a must try! the service is great too! very fast and accommodating.

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Saul d.
4.0 Stars

Love how simple this place is. Waiters are very attentive and accomodating. Try the Pla-pla, Binagoongan and the Crispy Dinuguan!

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